Stage 2 and 3 Teaching Tips

 

Now that the UArizona will be moving to Stage 3 of instruction, allowing in-person classes of less than 100 students, instructors may face challenges in accommodating students in the classroom as well as those students who need to continue attending class remotely. The following suggestions apply primarily to classes that are meeting in the Synchronous + Zoom formats. (NOTE: This website will continue to be updated as new information/suggestions become available.)

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  Preparing to Teach On Campus Again

  • If you haven’t been on campus for awhile, the capacities of centrally scheduled classrooms have been updated to reflect distancing requirements. Under the pictures on the pages for each room is a fairly cryptic file name (e.g., “69.EDU RM 211.NEW.pdf”) with the option to Download or View. These files contain a schematic of the room’s current configuration. Note that the seating in the Collaborative Learning classrooms has been rearranged so that all students are facing in the same direction.
  • All centrally-scheduled classrooms are set up to allow instructors to use their own laptop computers for presenting. There are HDMI and VGA cables in each classroom. This will work for both Zoom and Panopto, but Panopto recording will need to be set up on the instructor’s computer.
  • Instructors can bring in their own USB microphone and plug it into the classroom computer. If a custom driver is required, you can load it onto the classroom computer, but it will be erased each night.
  • Hand sanitizer, spray bottles of disinfectant, and paper towels have been placed in classrooms, along with instructions for disinfecting the teaching stations. If any of these need replenishing, you can call Facilities Management at 621-3000.
  • Please don’t spray disinfectant directly onto the computer equipment!
  • [NEW] If you are going to have students pass around the handheld microphone, if available in your classroom, also pass around paper towels and disinfectant so students can wipe down the microphone before handing it to another student.
  • Everyone present in the classroom must wear masks, even if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (official UA mask policy).
  • [NEW] Since your voice will be muffled by your mask, plan to use the clip-on microphone, if one is available in your classroom.
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Supporting All Students (In Person & Remote)

  • At a minimum, instructors need to record class sessions so that students who don’t return to campus can view them, and make all materials distributed to in-person students available to remote students. Ideally, all students should be able to participate synchronously in the class activities.
  • Asking all of your students, in-person and remote, to log into Zoom simultaneously may not work due to insufficient and/or inconsistent bandwidth in your classroom. If you are hoping to use this approach, it is important to test your set-up in your assigned classroom. The same issues may apply if students are taking a quiz or exam in D2L simultaneously.
  • [NEW] If not all of your students can log into Zoom simultaneously, you can try asking one student in each small group to log in to Zoom and assign your remote students to your small groups.
  • If only your remote students are able to log into Zoom for a class session, ask your Teaching Assistants or Learning Assistants to monitor the chat so that remote students are included in the class discussions and so you can be notified if there are technical issues.
    • If you do not have any assistants, consider asking one student in the classroom to log into the Zoom meeting to monitor the chat. You can rotate this responsibility among students. [NEW] While this does mean that this student's attention will be divided, you can remind your volunteers that they can watch the class recording to fill in gaps in their notes.
    • Or, have students create a group chat (they know how to do this!), so the students in the classroom can alert you to problems (microphone muted, etc).
  • [NEW] Before starting each class session, be sure to check that all students can hear you. Audio levels may have been changed by other instructors using your classroom.
  • [NEW] If you will be projecting slides in the classroom, you will need to bring in a laptop to log into the Zoom meeting so you can see the students who are attending remotely. If possible, rotate the laptop so that the webcam is showing the students in the classroom to build a sense of community, particularly during discussions. The remote students will no longer see you, but you can wiggle your fingers in front of the webcam when you need their attention.
  • Before you respond to students’ questions, repeat the question so that all students can hear the question. Students attending via Zoom will not likely hear what students in the classroom are asking.
  • [NEW] Ask your students to speak up if they can't hear or need to alert you to some other problem.
  • When you ask students in the classroom to work in small groups, you can have them collaborate in a shared space, such as a Google doc, Padlet, Jamboard, Miro. At the same time, remote students can be assigned to Zoom breakout rooms so they can also collaborate using these tools.
  • [NEW] Setting up timed breakout rooms (Scroll down to the Windows/Mac OS bar for instructions.) will help you manage class time; students are automatically returned to the main Zoom meeting room at the end of the time that you set.
  • Instructors in the Eller College of Management have created a Hybrid and Online Teaching website that includes information on various equipment configurations.
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Final Thoughts

  • Check in with your students, both on-campus and remote, to find out what is and isn’t working for them to support their learning and participation in the class sessions. We have created sample survey items that you can administer via a D2L Survey or Qualtrics.
  • Expect challenges and be ready to make changes based on your students’ input or issues with the classroom technology.